One student described the ability of stories to show the “softer side of a person.” This phrase perfectly describes what happens in my Short Story class, particularly when our seniors interact with our younger students to create collaborative stories. They see the child’s perspective of life and rediscover what joy there is to life. Suddenly, my students’ behavior changes; they have fun again and they do not worry about their preoccupations of senior year. I observe them caring for and mentoring the first graders and kindergartners. The dynamics of the pairings evolve as they color and eat together, share giggles, and write and illustrate their stories. Eager and cheerful faces greet each other as we begin an activity, and hugs and sad goodbyes are given when we end.
I invite you to read a few examples of the stories that came to life this semester, thanks to the hard work of our seniors and Lower School students. Enjoy!